Spanish History 101, Ep. 14: Muslim Consolidation and the Dawn of the Reconquista

The Moors managed to conquer most of the Iberian Peninsula in a relatively short time. But for the first few decades, that dominance was more nominal than real, as constant infighting would hamper the efforts. At the same time, the people in the lands along the northern coast of Spain – which had resisted the Muslim onslaught – would almost immediately begin to take back lost territory. By 755, with the arrival of Abd Al Raman I, the Muslims would form their first state, the Emirate of Cordoba. The battle lines for centuries of warring had been drawn. Enjoy!

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